Balkans small group tour

An enthralling cultural tour of the Balkans, taking you through four countries with a series of activities to explore their colourful history and stunning natural scenery.
Dobrota Bay of Kotor boat trip Swimming on the Budva Riviera Skadar Lake Moraca Monastery Walking in Durmitor National Park Mileseva Monastery Stay in Sirogojno Open Air Museum Mokra Gora Sargan Eight Railway Kustendorf Bridge over the Drina Sarajevo Tunnel tour Mostar Stari Most Wine tasting in the Tvrdos Monastery Trebinje Dubrovnik Cavtat
Price
1518To2022 including UK flights
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Duration
12 Days
Countries
Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro, Serbia
Type
Small group
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From 」1440 - 」1595 excluding flights.
Prices based on 2 adults sharing.
Single supplement available.
Mimimum age 14.
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Description of Balkans small group tour

This 12-day tour of the Balkans takes you into the heart of former Yugoslavia, from Montenegro to Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina and finally Croatia where the journey is crowned with a walking tour of Dubrovnik old town, one of the most sought-after destinations in Europe.

Travelling aboard a coach, you値l visit historic landmarks including the UNESCO-listed Bridge over the Drina, immortalised by the author Ivo Andric, Stari Most and the charming 15th century Tvrdos Monastery in Serbia, where you値l indulge in some wine-tasting in the monastic atmosphere.

Comfortable as the coach may be, this small group tour of the Balkans will see you out and about as much as possible. That might mean island-hopping by boat on the Bay of Kotor, taking a dip off the idyllic Budva Riviera on the Adriatic, or some (light) trekking in magnificent Durmitor National Park, another UNESCO World Heritage Site.

In Serbia you will overnight at the Sirogojno Open Air Museum and get a glimpse of the country痴 rural past with its collection of 19th century buildings, a fascinating national monument, which is also a renowned producer of handmade sweaters. Later, you値l travel to the Mokra Gorge, for a ride on the Sargan Eight narrow gauge railway, so-named for the figure of eight it weaves as it covers 22 tunnels in just 15 kilometres.

Throughout your trip you will be accompanied by knowledgeable tour leaders fluent in the history and culture of the places you visit. You値l be staying in many locally owned pensions and hotels too, where a warm welcome is assured. And in some cities such as Dubrovnik, where a walking tour is a must, you値l see them with local guides that can give you a deeper insight.

Shaped by a rich, turbulent past, the Balkan countries promise a most intriguing journey of exploration.

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Price information

1518To2022 including UK flights
Convert currency:
From 」1440 - 」1595 excluding flights.
Prices based on 2 adults sharing.
Single supplement available.
Mimimum age 14.
Make enquiry

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Holiday information

Small group tour:
Small group travel is not large group travel scaled down. It is modelled on independent travel but with the advantage of a group leader to take care of the itinerary, accommodation and tickets, and dealing with the language. It痴 easy to tick off the big sights independently but finding those one-off experiences, local festivals, travelling markets and secret viewpoints is almost impossible for someone without the insider knowledge gained from years in the field. Those with a two-week holiday, a small group tour will save valuable planning time.

Responsible Travel

As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) holiday so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.

Planet

On this trip we have a balance of time spent in the towns and cities and also out exploring the beautiful scenery on foot, such as walking in the Durmitor National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. During our walk our Tour Leader will explain about the local fauna and flora and about the importance of safeguarding it for future generations.

We will visit the 13th century Mileseva Monastery, which is one of the country's most important spiritual centres where we will be guided round by a local priest. By visiting here we池e assisting in funding the ongoing conservation of this historic building.

We値l also take a ride on the historic Sargan Eight Railway, which was once admired as a piece of world-class construction, for it allows the train to make the steep climb through the mountains in a figure of eight weaving through 22 tunnels and covering just over 15 kilometres. By visiting this attraction we池e helping to support the ongoing maintenance needed to the steam train and rail track.

The walled city of Dubrovnik is an extremely iconic site, but it was almost entirely destroyed in the Siege of Dubrovnik in the early 1990s. After the shelling had stopped UNESCO stepped in and fully restored the city to its former glory. During our guided walking tour we値l learn all about this tragic point in its history.

To help reduce the level of pollution within the urban centres, the sightseeing tours we operate are mostly done on foot, which is also a great way of seeing all they have to offer first hand. When coaches are being used for these small group trips we keep the size of the coach to a minimum, so rather than using gas guzzling 40-50 seaters we opt for more environmental friendly 15-25 seat coaches that use less fuel and therefore admit less carbon.

In addition to the above, we are continually looking for ways to improve and are proud to be 然esponsible in everything we do. Education is key and so all staff, Tour leaders and partnering suppliers are trained in responsible and sustainable tourism. At our UK Head Office, we continually strive towards a sustainable and planet-friendly working environment, including having solar panels installed and a company commitment to reducing our plastic usage. As well as this, we have valuable and longstanding partnerships with UK charities Toilet Twinning and Send a Cow, plus many smaller initiatives and projects around the world. We池e members of UK travel industry bodies Tourism Concern and AITO because we believe it痴 important to share our knowledge and experience, as well as learn from other operators.

As a company we support Cool Earth. Protecting rainforest is one of the most effective actions to tackle climate breakdown. CoolEarth work with indigenous communities empowering them to conserve their forest; keeping CO2 locked in.

People

On this trip through the Balkans we aim to see the highlights and also less visited areas in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Montenegro and Serbia. The majority of the hotels we use are family run and our hoteliers work actively with the local community to source traditional locally produced foods something we are sure you値l enjoy!

We have chosen to stay in the town of Dobrota instead of its more famous neighbour of Kotor. This allows us to still enjoy the medieval city and fjord in Kotor, but also to help benefit the hoteliers and restaurants in Dobrata, which sees far few tourists. Similarly we致e also decided to stay in Cavtat instead of Dubrovnik, as again we can experience Dubrovnik痴 highlights, but then retreat to the quieter picturesque fishing village of Cavtat where we will spend the night in one of number of unique pensions and in the morning we値l have breakfast in local bakery.

We値l spend a night in Sirogojno a remarkable open air museum that was declared a Serbian national monument back in 1983. Here we can see a collection of traditional 19th century wooden buildings including a bakery, an inn and a dairy. Sirogojno is also known for its authentic high quality and handmade knitted sweaters and we will be shown how these are made and have the chance to try our hand at knitting.

Our knowledgeable Serbian Tour Leaders have a strong love for the Balkans and its traditions and they also have a love of nature, which they will share with you along the way. In fact, all of our suppliers are local, from our ground agents to transport providers, hotels and tour crew so you can be confident that your money is benefitting the local community in the areas we visit.

Our local agent in Serbia also feels passionately about operating responsibly and they have their own responsible tourism policy, which includes ways that they minimise the amount of waste and plastic used and the importance of using local suppliers, they also have an animal welfare policy and support a number of local projects that benefit the communities where they operate trips.

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